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Talking Turkeys

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  61 ratings  ·  12 reviews
This collection of rap poetry covers subjects such as politics, racism, green issues and others.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 3rd 1995 by Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
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This book is ‘Dedicated to the earth and the children who care’ (Zephaniah B, p5).
Let’s get this straight. There are some poems here that don’t promote correct punctuation and grammar as the words are often phrased in Jamaican Patois. It’s also unconventional, strange and confusing in parts. That said, this collection, strange as it is; is quite charming and clever, very humorous and does have a tendency to make you want to turn the page to see what’s coming next. The collection has a range of

'Talking Turkeys' Poetry by Benjamin Zephaniah

Benjamin Zephaniah was born in Birmingham in 1958. At a young age he went through several schools before being permanently excluded at the age of 13. He showed great promise as a poet, reading his poetry in local churches becoming well known among the local black Caribbean community. His time in prison proved to be a turning point in his life. At the age of 22, shortly after being released from prison he published his first collection of poetry, spe
Carli Vallance
A vibrant compendium of rhythmic poetry, this book is a fun read! Zephaniah writes with a jovial Jamaican twang and illustrates with a creative typeface and playful images. Politics, veganism and animals are prominent themes, touched upon with varying weight and humour. Zephaniah’s words provoke and invoke; he challenges the reader to question societal ideals but also encourages compassion and equality.

I think Talking Turkeys would be a brilliant book to use in KS2 classrooms, with the focus on
I read this book whilst I was on my placement in year 5. After experiencing some Benjamin Zephaniah poems in my English class whilst at IMO and I thought it was a great poem, so after finding it in the book corner of the class, I thought I'd read some more. I read a variety of his poems including running, little sister and according to my mood. I thought that these poems would be excellent t to use in an English lesson as they most commonly about things the children would have experienced themse ...more
This has been on my to-read list for a while. I had read and seen some of these performed so not sure why I didn't get around to reading it before but glad I did. I will probably use some of these with the pupils at school to illustrate different points. I love how some are really short and some much longer but they all carry important messages.
Mar 11, 2014 Annabel marked it as to-read
I hope this book is good, my friend Oliver at school is reading it. He seems to not read it during guided reading, he just talks to his friend.
Frank A
Benjamin Zephaniah is an incredibly talented poet and is a bona fide humanitarian who can touch everybody's heart. These poems encourage people to live in peace; to love animals; to embrace an ethical vegetarian diet; and to enjoy each day of life. Benjamin is articulate, funny and compelling. A must book for readers of all ages.

There is something about his style of his poems that makes you forget you are reading poetry. This book connects with all the boys and girls in my year 6 class, as they
Benjamin Zephaniah provides a streetwise approach to poetry which sends out messages in a humourous way. Talking Turkeys is another childhood memory which was read to my primary school class a number of times. It's beat and rythm makes it more enjoyable for children to participate and interact with. It is also a great poetry book to teach children and give them a greater insight into equality and diversity. This is an endearing and captivating book which is great fun to read for children as well ...more
Sophie Aitken
This book is different. Is not exactly 'correct English', however I think this makes it more accessible to young children who often use slang words and 'street language'. The book and poem have some very funny parts and others I could not make sense of. I found myself wanting to keep reading this book, finding it intriguing. I would definitely recommend this book to children from the ages of 6 years upwards. As an adult I also found it great fun.
Benjamin Zephaniah can be very hit and miss, and I’m afraid to say that I think he missed with this particular collection of poetry, although not for lack of trying. His commitment to experimentation with both English and Jamaican Patois is to be commended, as is his support of environmentalism and veganism, but I wasn’t too impressed with this.

It’s a shame, because the edition that I own was signed by Benjamin Zephaniah himself! Too bad…
I think that it is a great and fun book to read, but he uses some odd language where you sometimes can't understand about what he is talking.
Susan Rose
This is a really fun and aesthetically engaging poetry collection that I would particularly recommend for children.
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